Research Suggests the “First Time” Really Matters

It seems the “first time” really does color your sex life for years to come, according to a study compiled by two researchers, one being the University of Mississippi’s own Carrie V. Smith.

Smith, an instructional assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, joined Matthew Shaffer of the University of Tennessee in surveying 331 young men and women about how they lost their virginity.

The results, which appeared in the study “Gone But Not Forgotten,” is one of the first to look at whether the first sexual experience has lasting consequences.

In an exclusive article for “MailOnline,” Smith said the circumstances of how someone loses their virginity “appears to have implications for their well-being years later.”

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